Conventional wisdom holds that “there’s not such thing as free lunch.” Well, I just walked out of Google’s Mountain View headquarters after having plenty of excellent free lunch the Google-style.
Google employs 22,000 people worldwide and 12,000 of them work in its Mountain View headquarters. All Google employees get free lunch, unregulated working hours, massage at work, all kinds of toys at office campus and tons of other fantastic benefits. This is a dream job. Did I say job? It’s play! This feels being a child and being all cared for.
Those Google-guys have virtually nothing to think about, but work. Internet-enabled shuttle to work, everything corporate branded and top quality. Even their dry-cleaning and laundry seem to be taken care of by Google… They take time at work and swim in the pool, play beach volleyball in the campus and have 20% of their working time to freely work on projects of their choice. Best of all – it pays back in productivity.
These ‘kids’ in the Google campus produce what I consider the world’s best online services and software. More importantly, they produce wealth: billions and billions of dollars of revenue out of those little treats like massage, free lunch and sure enough, a very attractive salary.
Am I jealous? Yes. Would I work for Google? Yep, absolutely… when can I buy the ticket to Mountain View, CA? I guess those thoughts accurately describe what most of us, the international group of journalists touring the Google campus were thinking while photographing around like crazy.
But here’s a question! Are such working conditions possible in Armenia or any other third world country even theoretically? Would it actually translate to productivity of employees? I don’t think so, do you?